On Friday, Nov. 4, the Art Loft will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. for the city’s last First Friday Art Walk of the year. Examples from classes and artwork created by Art Loft instructors will be on view at the downtown community arts center, 385 Main St., Suite 9 (inside the lobby of the Thorndike Building).

On Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m., instructor Otty Merrill will offer a free Intro to Encaustics lecture and demo in advance of workshops the Tenants Harbor artist will teach in November and December.

Beginning Nov. 7, Barbara Davis offers Meditation and the (Creative) Self, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. This class is designed to help individuals get in touch with their inner selves, especially aspects of their creativity that may not be accessed on a regular basis. The focus will be on the process of personal exploration and insight.

Participants will be encouraged to use art and image making to express aspects of themselves they may or may not be familiar with. Some of the topics explored will include the creative self, the inner critic, loss and compassion.

Each class will begin with a brief creative warm up (such as doodling) and some breathing exercises to help the class settle in. The instructor will lead the class in a brief guided meditation to encourage personal exploration and creative expression. Each meditation will end with an instruction to continue the exploration through the art making process.

Individuals will be encouraged to take risks and use unfamiliar materials to help express their inner experiences and creative selves.

No art or meditation experience is necessary. This class is appropriate for all levels and for anyone interested in learning more about themselves and their creative process. All supplies are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own supplies if they wish.

Davis is an artist and psychotherapist with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a master of fine arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. In 1996, she received her master of social work Degree, also from Rutgers. She has worked as a therapist for the last 20 years, making art in her free time whenever possible. A few years ago, she began taking classes in the Expressive Arts Therapies to better integrate art making with her work as a psychotherapist. She recently relocated to the Midcoast and has a private practice at Camden Whole Health.

For more information on all Art Loft options and to register, visit artloftrockland.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.